Friday July 10, 2009

Welcome back, sports fans! I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. Are you ready for the MLB All-Star week extravaganza? We have a preview of UFC 100: Making History, and we take a look back at a week filled with tragedy and triumph.

The MLB All-Star Game starts this Tuesday, while the Home Run Derby will be this Monday. The All-Stars have been selected and are ready to play. Here is the list of starters (voted by you, the fans), pitchers, and reserves:

American League




National League




All National League All-Star first basemen will take part in the Home Run Derby. Rangers OF Josh Hamilton, fresh off the disabled list, will play in the All-Star Game but not in the Home Run Derby. Defending champion Justin Morneau will not return to the derby.

The trade circuit is heating up because of one name: Halladay. The Blue Jays said they will “listen” to offers from teams. They also said take Vernon Wells with you. The Blue Jays want prospects for Halladay, but expect more if Wells is moved as well. Don’t expect the Yankees and the Red Sox to make a move since all three teams are in the same division. Yet, those teams are considering adding the AL Cy Young candidate to their starting rotations. The Phillies are the frontrunners to acquire Halladay. They also might be signing P Pedro Martinez within next week.

NBA free agency has begun. F/C Rasheed Wallace signed with the Celtics, and that could make them an instant contender for the NBA Finals. Point guards Mike Bibby and Jason Kidd will stay with the Hawks and Mavericks, respectively, for three-year deals. Meanwhile, Heat G Dwyane Wade will stay with the Heat if they are a title contender. Wade’s contract ends after next season. If the Heat wants to keep him, expect them to make some moves.

In other news, the Mavericks traded for Shawn Marion in a 4-team sign-and-trade deal. The teams involved were Dallas, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Memphis Grizzlies. It helped move free agent Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors, while the Magic get about $7 million from Toronto and Dallas. The Grizzlies get veteran G Jerry Stackhouse and a second round draft pick for the next round. They also want to sign Allen Iverson. Plus, the Pistons named former Cavaliers assistant coach John Kuester as their head coach. He is Detroit’s sixth coach in 10 years.

Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!

Every detail released in the Steve McNair case has been disturbing. The former NFL MVP QB was found dead alongside his girlfriend; Nashville police have labeled McNair’s death a homicide. The latest report was McNair’s girlfriend bought a gun two days before the homicide. It has been confirmed that gunpowder residue was found on his girlfriend’s hands. McNair’s case has been ruled a murder-suicide. McNair was a quiet man with a warrior’s heart. Unfortunately, his legacy will be tainted after this case is closed. McNair is survived by his wife and his four sons.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

UFC 100: Making History is an all-out blitz celebration of the MMA sport. It is their 100th PPV in 16 years. They have a card for the ages, featuring an undercard of some of the future stars in the UFC. Their three headlining match-ups should be classic battles:

  1. -both coached the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK. Their rivalry heated as both want to destroy each other. Henderson’s wrestling ability can help him control the fight. Henderson’s experience is a factor, but Bisping has yet to be beaten decisively. All Bisping needs to do is keep the fight standing.

    Prediction: Bisping in 2 by TKO

  2. -Pierre is considered to be the best fighter in this class. Alves is considered to be the future of the welterweights. This is the toughest test for both men. Alves has raw strength, but Pierre is the complete fighter at this point in both of their careers.

    Prediction: Pierre in 4 by TKO

  3. -“Lesnar/Mir 2” is a match nearly two years in the making. Mir won the first bout but submitting Lesnar, and they do not have respect for each other ever since. Mir wants the belt, Lesnar wants to destroy Mir. Mir has the experience in big time match-ups and controlling the fight. Lesnar is still too “green” to have a significant title reign. He has to learn to strike as opposed to swinging punches.

    Prediction: Mir in 2 by TKO

Congratulations To:

  1. Joe Sakic, the Colorado Avalanches’ longtime captain, has retired after 20 years. Sakic is a 13-time NHL All-Star who led Colorado to 2 Stanley Cups. His accomplishments include league MVP honors and leading Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002.
  2. ESPN Sportscenter and the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up again for their annual “My Wish” segment. Each show features a child with a serious condition (cancer, for example) meeting their favorite athlete for a day. Among the athletes are Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, Hornets PG Chris Paul, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Cowboys RB Marion Barber, and Mets 3B David Wright. These guys are a class act.

Final Thoughts:

Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick was a battle that was thought to be one-sided. Federer was supposed to dominate Roddick, but that didn’t happen. Instead, we got a classic that was better than last year’s Wimbledon final of Federer/Nadal. Roddick gave it everything he had, but Federer would not be denied of history. Federer won the match and his 15th Grand Slam title. However, it was both men that tennis fans cheered for on this day. Federer made history, but Roddick’s victory was a moral one. It’s not a title, but a moral victory is still a great victory. When fans look back at this epic ten years from now, they will see how both men left it all on the field. You could not ask for a better match. What a way to end Wimbledon!\

Well, that’s it for today. If you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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